Foreword by Lorraine Kelly
The world of broadcasting has changed enormously since Julian and I first started making programmes. Crews have got smaller, schedules tighter and budgets have shrunk. But one thing has stayed the same and that’s television is the best career there is.
No other job gives you access to people’s lives, opportunities to travel the world and the chance to tell fascinating stories to millions of people. But because it’s such a great career, it’s very hard to get into. Demand for TV jobs far exceeds supply. And when you have a coveted job in broadcasting it’s harder than ever these days to progress up the career ladder. It’s a real cut throat business with thousands of people competing for the best jobs.
That’s why this book is a must read for anyone who wants to get into TV. And it’s essential reading for anyone already in TV who wants to be better at their job.
Julian’s worked in the TV industry for well over twenty years in pretty much every role. He’s been a runner, researcher, associate producer, edit producer, producer / director, series producer and an exec. He’s worked on staff for big ITV companies, small indies and as a freelancer. He can shoot and edit his own material, produces corporate DVDs and web videos, and has been running TV training courses for many years.
Julian has vast experience hiring people for a wide variety of TV productions – so he knows all about what it takes to get into TV. He’s worked his way up the TV career ladder and is multi-skilled so he can give solid advice on each role. And as a freelancer he’s had to apply for his fair share of jobs himself, so he’s well aware how tough it can be securing the best jobs, and the techniques required to get them.
Having worked with Julian on numerous productions, I can testify that he’s not only a joy to work with but he’s organised, utterly professional and able to think on his feet. He’s cool under pressure and full of passion for the projects he undertakes. Above all he’s a grafter who knows that the harder you work in TV - strangely the luckier you get! He has buckets of common sense and is full of practical advice. When you combine that with his creative flair you have an incredible combination. Listen to this man!
I hope you enjoy his book – and good luck achieving your ambitions!
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